A STORY OF A MOTHER AND A MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL

LIT CROSS

Tuesday I received an email with the subject line “The God of Dysfunction.” I opened it eagerly and found the following Advent reflection from Fr. Robert Barron: “The opening lines of Matthew’s Gospel-and hence the first words that one reads in the New Testament-are a listing of the genealogy of Jesus, the 42 generations that […]

ST. THÉRÈSE OF LISIEUX’S CHRISTMAS EVE CONVERSION

Thérèse of Lisieux, as you may know, is one of only three women to have been made a Doctor of the Church. Her mother died when Thérèse was 4. One by one, her four older sisters left for the cloister. She became emotionally clingy. A key moment in her spiritual development occurred on Christmas eve […]

WATCHING

“Along with love and work, [watching] is the great salvation. For whenever someone is seriously watching, a form of lost innocence is restored. It will not last, but during those minutes his self-consciousness is relieved.” –Robert Phelps, biographer of Colette, quoted in Molly Peacock’s The Paper Garden: Mrs. Delaney Begins Her Life’s Work at 72. In […]

ACTOR/COMIC TOM WILSON ON PERFORMING, WAITING AND ENDURING

TOM WILSON

“Stage acting is life ‘on the wire’—the rest is just waiting.” -Al Pacino. Tom Wilson has made his way in Hollywood as an actor, stand-up comic, and voice-over artist for over thirty-five years. A cradle Catholic, he was raised in Philadelphia and taught by the Sisters of Mercy. “As a thoughtful oddball kid I accepted […]